Ford says that owners of its Kuga plug-in hybrid model have driven almost half of their miles on electric power so far this year.
The American firm collects anonymised data from its vehicles and says 49 per cent of the miles driven by these models in Europe have not required the petrol engine’s assistance.
The Kuga PHEV has an electric range of 35 miles, which means it’s capable of completing a typical commuter’s daily round trip if the battery is regularly topped up.
There were 3,628 plug-in Kugas registered in the UK in the first six months of the year, which is up massively from 920 in the same period last year. It was also the best-selling PHEV in Europe in that time.
In fact, the hybrid has proved so popular that last month it outsold all other versions of the Kuga put together.
Roelant de Waard, general manager of passenger vehicles at Ford of Europe, said: “We firmly believe that our customers buy hybrid vehicles to benefit from the advantages of driving on electric power, and this data shows that Kuga Plug-In Hybrid customers are keen to use their cars in EV mode as much as possible.
“We are committed to an electrified future for Ford, and the fact that Kuga is the best-selling PHEV shows that our customers want to join us on this exciting journey.”
Sales of electrified vehicles are seeing big gains despite still making up a relatively small market share. In the latest industry figures for the end of July, year-to-date plug-in hybrid sales were up 151 per cent compared with 2020, almost hitting 70,000 registrations.
It’s a similar story for all-electric models, which more than doubled in the same time period to 85,000.